Dinanagar: Sound of gunfire woke up resident in this sleepy town in the wee hours on Monday as terrorists, clad in army uniform, attacked a bus and a police station complex killing five persons, including a policeman, after snatching a white Maruti car.
The attack began around 5 am after terrorists snatched a white Maruti 800 car with Punjab registration number PB09 B7743 and shot dead a roadside vendor near Dinanagar bypass.
The 1997 model car, with chassis no. 1189475 and engine no. 1565626, was first transferred to Kanwal Preet Singh. It was snatched from Kamaljeet Singh Matharu, a local resident, who said that the heavily armed assailants, wearing army uniform, snatched his Maruti 800 car after firing at him and then fled from the scene.
Matharu received gunshot injuries and is admitted to a hospital.
The attackers then struck a moving bus at around 5.15 am, spraying bullets at passengers, injuring four. The assailants after that targeted a health centre followed by a building where the families of police personnel reside and hurled grenades before entering the police station.
After the brazen attack, the security forces in Punjab and neighbouring Haryana are on high alert as it comes just three weeks ahead of the Independence Day.
A senior police official said that in view of the attack, "maximum alert" has been sounded across Punjab and security has been beefed up along its border with neighbouring J&K.
BSF, which guards the Indo-Pak border, has also been put on high alert after the incident, he said.